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Chamber's candidates that sold out

Original post made by Sharon G., Bridle Creek, on Oct 21, 2010

I thought it was interesting that the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce thinks spending $10,000 or more on a glossy mailer will encourage me to vote for their people. Actually it is a list of folks that sold out the Chamber's 2015 ideas of how the City should be run. That list of candidates is my DO NOT Vote for list.

They are all in debt to the chamber now, and you know Scott Ratty will be calling on them to collect their favors if they get elected. The Chamber's support is like the black plague anyway. The Chamber gave 100 percent of their support to Jerry Pentin for Council 2 years ago, as the only candidate with their support and 2 spots to fill - he lost anyway. They supported Yes on D - it lost. They supported YES on QQ, NO on PP and they were wrong on that too. Face it, they don't agree with the voting public MOST of the time.

I want thinkers that are not tied to special interest groups like the Chamber of Commerce, developers and land owners. I am voting for Cindy McGovern and Karla Brown. Enthusiastic Sign wavers and all!

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

"they were wrong on that too"

Nobody is wrong in an election. Nobody is right either. It isn't a test. It's just a method for determining a winner.

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Posted by Sharon G
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Oct 22, 2010 at 8:29 am

When I vote I take many issues into consideration, my newspaper the Contra Costa Times/Tri Valley Herald, my friends, City Council meetings on Channel 29, talking to candidates at Farmer's market and more. I take this very seriously.

Pleasanton's sad excuse for a pro business group called the Chamber of Horrors is so extreme, I used it as a NOT to vote for peice. So thank for pointing me in the direction to avoid!

I am voting for Karla and Cindy! They faced the hard fight against the Lin's attorney and won before, and they will do it again.

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Posted by anonoymous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 22, 2010 at 8:47 am


If you read the fine print at the bottom of the mailer you'll see that this mailer was done without the knowledge of the candidates and was paid by for the Chamber BACPAC. This is like what Allen Roberts did for the Oak Grove referendum--the only difference is that the Chamber is up front about their expenditures whereas Allen Roberts chose not to report his expenditures.

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Posted by Sandy Piderit
a resident of Mohr Park
on Oct 22, 2010 at 1:45 pm

The Chamber held a forum for the mayor and city council candidates, but not for the school board candidates. We were asked to answer questions in writing, but were not interviewed. I would have liked to have a chance to meet with them, at least, before they made their decisions.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Oct 22, 2010 at 5:03 pm

[removed] It really does not matter if the mailers cost $10,000 or $100,000.... it is called a campaign Sharon. It is about getting a message out. Similar to what you are trying to do on this blog, only more effective in that they were able to reach more people.[removed]

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Posted by Laura
a resident of Amador Estates
on Oct 24, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Sandy, you are saying the Chamber held a forum to interview the candidates? A friend of mine is a friend of Cheryl Cook-Kallio's. She said Cheryl was also going for an interview with the politial leaders -I think they called them a PAC - of the Chamber. She must have known why she was interviewing with the PAC, to get money and support. This whole thing smells to me as a way to get around disclosing donations from groups and developers.

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Posted by Sandy Piderit
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 24, 2010 at 5:38 pm


The Chamber held a candidate forum where all the city council and mayoral candidates spoke and answered questions posed by a moderator. The event was public (though not free -- it included breakfast). I do not know whether there were also interviews with members of the PAC, but I believe that is a common practice.

My comment was not about the city council candidates, but about the Chamber's process for endorsing school board candidates. I simply wanted readers to know that there was no candidate forum hosted regarding the school board, and interviews were not conducted with school board candidates before the Chamber announced its endorsement. As I understand it, they based their decisions on candidates' written responses to questions.

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Posted by anonoymous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 24, 2010 at 8:18 pm

I noticed that Cheryl Cook-Kallio had an ad in the Weekly on Oct 15th but i don't see it listed in her latest campaign finance filing. Did the Chamber pay for the ad? Why isn't the cost of the ad reported?

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Posted by anonoymous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 25, 2010 at 9:44 am

Ah, I, in fact, do see that the cost of the ad was reported as paid to the publisher of the paper and not the paper itself.

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